On the 11th October, 2017, a group of teachers namely Mrs. Sraddha Jain, Mrs. Liptika Mallick Roy from our School; Ms. Indrani Banerjee, and Mr. Ravinder Dhir from Birla High School along with 16 students embarked on a journey to Kunming, No. 8 High School, China as a part of an exchange programme.
Our school is in a partnership with Kunming No. 8 High School since 2014. Under the partnership, we had a recent visit of students and teachers in May 2016.
Kunming No. 8 High School has been our partner school in China since 2014. As part of our partnership arrangements, we have regular teacher and student exchanges.
Our school has been in a partnership with Saint Nicholas School in Fleet Hampshire, UK since 2007. This partnership was built after our school won a grant under the Global Schools’ Partnership (GSP) of the British Council. Under the partnership, we have had exchange visits of students and teachers between our schools.
Earlier this year, we started a second partnership with Shakespeare Primary School, Fleetwood, UK.
Thirty students and three teachers of Sushila Birla Girls' School embarked on a journey to Lamballe in France on 18th May, 2018 for an International School Exchange Programme. While each student was hosted by a French counterpart, the teachers were hosted by three teachers of Lycee Saint Joseph and College Sacre Coeur. In their ten-day programme the Indian visitors got a chance to see the myriad facets of country life in France. Located at about 400 kms away from Paris, the capital of the country, the city of Lamballe boasts of an education system that focusses on practice based theoretical learning for all subjects and teaching of relevant life skills to ensure an all round development. Though the students and teachers stay in school for over 9 hours, there is greater scope and time devoted to physical activities and professional sports practice. The Indian students also made various presentations, demonstrations and screening of videos to help the teachers and students of the host schools understand Indian culture better.
During their stay in Lamballe, the entire contingent paid visits to several sites of historical and cultural importance including Mont Saint Michel, Ferme d'Antan, Coriosolis Museum, Maison de la Baie and a guided tour of the Radome, the first transatlantic satellite. The visit came to end with a celebration called the 'Indian Night' where the students from both the nations performed their own traditional dances. The students of SBGS returned on 28th May, 2018 enriched by the Exchange and are looking forward to the visit to be made by their French counterparts in December this year.
A group of 14 students – seven girls from SBGS and seven boys from BHS along with two teachers, visited Cuxhaven in May 2019. They were in Cuxhaven from 3rd May, 2019 to 19th May, 2019.
Since 2012, we have been working as partners with Amandeus Abendroth Gymnasium, a secondary school based in Cux Haven (near Hamburg) in Germany and Birla High School. This partnership won the prestigious Robert Bosch grant to work on a project on environment and culture in 2013-14.
In 2017, the project on “Sources & Supply” of water to Kolkata and Cuxhaven, was awarded the best International exchange project by the Ministry of Education, Germany.
This year too the students are working on the same issue.
All the activities conducted in the school in the course of our stay were of special relevance to our project and scientific report. The first of these was a series of presentations that introduced us to the town of Cuxhaven and the disastrous effects of climate change on the town. They started by initiating a discussion on global warming and later moved on to explain how a part of Cuxhaven could be submerged underwater within a period of just 80 years, if the changes were not brought under control.
Our students performed experiments based on properties of water and water analysis. After the completion of experiments, the students presented their inference before the entire group. Each presentation was followed by a discussion of the importance of the property of water in the real world.
Students also visited The Klimahaus, The Waden Sea and the Water purification plant in Cuxhaven. A comparison between the ecosystems of East Kolkata Wetlands, Kolkata, India and the Wadden Sea, Cuxhaven, Germany was one of the prime focus of the project.
Our school, in collaboration with the Hope Foundation headquartered in Ireland, has had exchange visits of teachers and students with various schools in that country.